Here is the fly pattern sheet for the Iris Caddis.
Daiichi 1180 or TMC 100, #12 – 20
8/0 or 6/0, color to match body
Amber or gold Zelon
Zelon or Hare’s Ear dubbing – olive, tan, amber, or black
Hare’s ear dubbing
- Tie on shuck or zelon and take a couple of wraps down the hook shank past the barb. Use the remainder of zelon to help create an even body. Trim zelon about hook gape in length.
- Dub a body forward about ¾ of the hook shank.
- Create a loop of zelon and tie securely on top of hook. It should extend back to the bend of the hook. Trim excess.
- Coarsely dub the thorax with hare’s ear.
- Whip finish
Note: The finished fly should appear “scraggly”. Avoid the temptation to trim too many fibers for a clean look. The fly imitates caddis pupa emerging in the surface film.